The University of Sioux Falls agrees to comply with the Executive Order's Principles of Excellence.

Current Veteran Benefits

  • Chapter 35 – Veteran's dependent (spouse, surviving spouse, or child)
  • Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill®
  • Chapter 31 – Veteran Readiness and Employment
  • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill® - Active duty
  • Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill® SR or National Guard

For a complete description of each chapter and more information, please refer to the following links: and SD Department of Veteran Affairs

Students must inform the VA Certifying Official, in the Registrar's Office, of the benefit chapter and the amount of the benefit received by providing a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility to

Click here for the Guide to VA Benefits.


First-Time Students

(have never used Veteran's Education Benefits)

  • Visit
  • Complete application (Form number 22-1990)
  • Print and sign application
  • Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to USF Certifying Official, in the Registrar's Office
  • Notify the USF VA Certifying Official when registration for classes is complete each semester.
  • USF VA Certifying Official will submit enrollment verification on behalf of the student.

 Students who have received Veteran's Education Benefits at a previous school

(transferring to USF)

  • Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to USF Certifying Official, in the Registrar's Office
  • Notify the USF VA Certifying Official when registration for classes is complete each semester.
  • USF VA Certifying Official will submit enrollment verification on behalf of the student.

Military Student Points of Contact

Traci Osterberg, Associate Registrar and USF School Certifying Official


Phone: 605-331-6657


Carissa Koerner, Associate Director of Financial Aid


Phone: 605-331-6621


Sarah.VanderBeke, Student Accounts Coordinator


Phone: 605-331-6640

Payment Information

For students receiving Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607, or VRAP benefits: During the last week of each month students are enrolled, they must call 1-888-GI Bill-1 (1-888-442-4551) to verify monthly attendance. This phone call prompts payment to be sent to students. It's students' responsibility to use this payment to pay tuition at USF. The first payment each semester is received 30 days after the start of the semester or later based on the workload and processing time of the VA.

For students receiving Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits: Students will verify enrollment via text or email.  Students who choose to opt in for text message verification will receive a text at the end of each month and must reply "YES".  If students opt out of text messages, they will be automatically enrolled in email verification where they will receive an email on the last day of each month where they will need to select a response. Payments for Chapter 33 students are paid directly to USF.

Education and non-education veteran's benefits are reported differently on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  It is students' responsibility to keep their USF student billing account in good standing with any payments received directly by students.

Financial Aid

USF Federal School Code: 003469

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be completed at any time during the academic year. For consideration of limited funds, our priority deadline is January 1st.  Applications can be completed via this link, 

Tuition Costs and other fees can be found here:

Please contact the Financial Aid office for assistance in using your Federal Financial Aid or VA Benefits to purchase your books on the E-campus Bookstore.

Tuition Assistance (TA)

Eligibility: Soldiers eligible for TA must have successfully completed one year of service following graduation from Advanced Individual Training (AIT).  All soldiers must have ten years of service to receive graduate-level TA if any portion of their undergraduate degree was paid through TA.

Steps: Soldiers interested in receiving TA funding must begin by connecting with an Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor with the Military Service for approval and next steps. 

TA Requests must be submitted and approved before the start date of classes, without exception.

Payments: Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process and restrictions.  TA funds are usually paid directly to USF by the individual services.

Refund: In the event a student drops or is unable to complete a course please refer to USF's Refund Calendar.  Refund percentages are determined by the program and length of course.

Change of Registration/Withdrawal and Re-Admittance

  • Students must inform the USF VA Certifying Officer of any withdraw or change in registration.
  • Proper notification is required to avoid an overpayment situation.

The University of Sioux Falls wants to minimize inconveniences and disruptions that may be caused when service members are called to active military duty.  The following policy became effective for enrolled students on September 1, 2001.

  • Any student (or any student who is the spouse of a deployed service member who has a dependent child) called to active duty may withdraw from all courses and receive a 100% refund of tuition and fees. Grades of "W" will be assigned.
  • If the student is called to active duty after mid-term and if time permits, the student may request permission from their instructor(s) to receive an incomplete in the course.  No refund would be issued.
  • A copy of the student's orders must be provided to the Office of the Registrar with a signed letter indicating whether the student is withdrawing or requesting incomplete grades.
  • Students receiving financial aid will be subject to the refund policies for the agencies sponsoring the aid.
  • Refunds for room and board will be for unused portions only.

Students planning to return to USF after withdrawing can do so by completing the Returning Student Form.  Service members will be re-admitted with the same academic status as when last attending. 

Academic Counseling and Job Search Support

The Thomas Kilian Academic Success Center (ASC) provides students free support services in Academic Coaching, Counseling Services, Learning Accessibility Services, Tutoring, and Career Services.


Phone: 605-331-6740

Helpful hints to using VA benefits

  1. Complete forms in a timely manner.
  2. Call, text, or email and verify enrollment promptly the end of each month.
  3. Communication with all parties/offices involved.
  4. Be informed. Visit and
  5. The VA file number is that of the person who actually served in the military. This may not always be the same as the student depending on the chapter of benefits.